August 2016, Mumbai: As a designer, STEFANO RICCI has brought continuous innovation to men’s fashion. He is a strong advocate of the wholly ‘Made-in-Italy’ production, and an uncompromising entrepreneur. The unique pieces, completely hand-designed, are conceived for an international clientele that is not led by price but by the search for excellence itself. In the Fall/Winter Collection for 2016-17, the Florentine Maison’s key values germinate in Stefano Ricci’s vision: fabrics, finishes, colours and a conception of tradition which turn to perfect proportions, flawless cuts and contemporary desires for inspiration.
For the coming winter season, STEFANO RICCI clearly distances itself from men’s clothing clichés. Instead, as a true pioneer of good taste, it spotlights the essential combination of elegance and function, leisure and an impeccable professional look. The result sees Japanese or Italian fabrics which combine flawless construction with comfort that needs to be experienced to be believed; exclusive blends of silk and cashmere which guarantee a natural, refined flexibility for every garment. Crocodile skin so soft it becomes a graphic sign, a perceptible icon of craftsmanship placed at the disposal of style. The colour combinations guide the STEFANO RICCI man towards a statement of the self which features secure yet sophisticated taste: exquisite, impalpable and graphically evolved turtleneck sweater for wearing under a jacket which recall the pocket squares in a dialogue of mauve and blue, made trenchant by anthracite trousers (clean, graphic and cut with precision). The fertile dynamic between Ricci blue and purple, in interpretations that recall the regal splendour of Monaco, is underscored by check shirts which incorporate a discreet red to place the accent on the trim of jacket and trousers.
The colour combinations are never predictable. Sophisticated shades such as Blueberry and Brandy, as well as shades of burnt hues and greys, meet and highlight one another thanks to secret detailing. This detail finds references that emerge from the fabric or accessory, or recurring forms (the stylised Octagonal icon, the Eagle’s head) which appear and disappear in a way that is more a nod to the well-informed choice than an out-and-out declaration. The graphic strength of black is essential, and has been chosen for the more classic, distinctive garments: fine fabrics in cashmere and silk, and refined tuxedos.
To know more about the Stefano Ricci collection, you can log on to www.stefanoricci.com or visit the Mumbai Flagship store at The Taj Palace Hotel, Colaba.